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Slieve Donard Mountain Sliabh Dónairt A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh Dónairt [PNNI], 'mountain of (St.) Domhangart') County Highpoint of Down, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 850m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J35796 27690 This summit has been logged as climbed by 1137 members. Recently by: Dee68, GillSte, William-J, IainT, Lauranna, Bunsen7, HeartTrek, Kiwitrekker, 21yearsgone, damo11, johncromie, declanohagan, colmdoggett, tmsr, robertodon
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Longitude: -5.920976, Latitude: 54.180221 , Easting: 335796, Northing: 327690 Prominence: 822m,   Isolation: 1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 735710 827693,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvDnr, 10 char: SlvDnrd
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)

Slieve Donard is the highest mountain in Northern Ireland and in 9-county Ulster. St. Domhangart (modern form Dónart), a contemporary of St. Patrick, founded a monastery at Maghera north of Newcastle. According to tradition he was appointed by St. Patrick to guard the surrounding countryside from the summit of Slieve Donard. He is supposed not to have died, but to be a 'perpetual guardian' (see MacNeill, 84-96). In pagan times this mountain was known as Sliabh Slainge. Slainge, the son of Partholon, was the first physician in Ireland. According to the Annals of the Four Masters, he died in Anno Mundi 2533 (2533 years after the creation of the world according to Irish mythology) and was buried here in a cairn. On the top of Slieve Donard there are two cairns, one on the very summit and the other, called the 'Lesser Cairn', on the Ordnance Survey maps, some eight hundred feet to the north-east. Both of them have been much disturbed. The Summit Cairn has been tampered with by sappers and water commissioners: the Lesser cairn has small piles of stones about it, but it is difficult to say whether these are ancient structures or just re-arrangements by modern hands. Dr. Estyn Evans, who calls the Summit Cairn 'the oldest mark of man in the Mournes', says that it is a 'corbelled passage grave of the early Bronze Age.' The Lesser Cairn, he points out, is visible from the sandhills of the shore, although the Summit Cairn is not (MacNeill, 85).   Slieve Donard is the highest mountain in the Mourne Mountains area and the 19th highest in Ireland. Slieve Donard is the highest point in county Down.

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Have I just got big feet or is the new pitched pa .. by David Kirk   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
Not my favourite, but an excellent workout for th .. by zeaphod   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
Climbed 29.5.04 starting from Donard Park (375305 .. by gerrym   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
Climbed in snow 17.01.2004. Snow drifts almost co .. by rowanseymour   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
evelyn on Slieve Donard, 2004
by evelyn  25 Jun 2004
Slieve Donard is very special to me as it was my introduction to hill walking and that was going back to 1985! Since then, with a gap of over 10 years, I've only climbed it once but enjoy the Mournes as there is so much to explore along with my local Wicklow mountains. In recent years my sights have gone abroad, and my holidays are spent hill walking in the West Highlands in Scotland, the Yorkshire Moors, Cumbria etc. I've recently spent 10 days in Mallorca (June 2004) in the North of the island, crossing mule paths not unlike the stepped climb up Donard, and more interesting I followed along an old smuggling path with the blue Med below me, and the Brandy Pad came straight in to my thoughts, only that the few times I've gone from Bloody Bridge, over to Hares Gap and down to the back of Tollymore, it's been raining and definitely not 30 degrees!! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/19/comment/1001/
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Leaving Donard by the lavvy window. .. by Bleck Cra   (Show all for Slieve Donard)
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